Thursday, November 11, 2010

100 Block Tour

I am so excited to be part of the 100 Blocks Tour. This is my block design called, "Sew Little Time", in a fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called "Bloom and Grow" by My Mind's Eye. I was asked if I would submit a design and I was working on this block at the time for another project and thought I would get 2 projects out of one design. The design idea behind this block came from my quilt group in Alpine. Generically we call ourselves "That Alpine Quilt Group" Last Year was our 20th year together and in celebrating the years  we decided to have several people each month design a block representing our 20 years together. 20 years ago when there were only 8 of us (now there are so many I don't even know half of our quilt group, anyone is welcome to come) we used to bring our sewing machines to the little red church in Alpine and teach each other how to quilt. This is a representation of my sewing machine that I brought to my little quilt group all those many years ago.


This is my 20 year quilt finished with the sewing machine block. Each block in this quilt represents something from my quilt group experience. You can see the little red church that we meet in, the sheriffs in town block (the sheriff represents who is in charge of the group activities for the year), everyone is welcome block, delectable mountains, Alpine pine trees, the beautiful Alpine flowers, and many more. As you can see this sewing machine block can be used in various ways. It works great as a block of the month, maybe even a great block gift for your favorite quilting friend or I can see it in the middle of a quilt with some fabulous border.

I work for Riley Blake Designs as the Design Director. This is a picture of our booth from a few weeks ago at the Fall Houston Quilt Market 2010.

Another view of our booth showcasing the fabric line by The Quilted Fish called "Sweet Divinity."
We won the merchandising award. As you can see, Cindy and I are so proud. Cindy and I work with the artists to bring their designs to fabric. The process of manufacturing fabric is long and tedious and the rewards of seeing the artwork come to life on the best quality fabric there is, can truly be satisfying. We just launched a new line of trim products called "Sew Together" which includes, fabric labels, ric rac, pom poms, ribbon, lace, embroidered flowers, cherries and strawberries and buttons. We are working on a lot of other fun ideas to add to these as we continue to grow Riley Blake Designs.
I also have a pattern company called Butterfly Kisses where I design and create anything extra I might have floating around in my head. I love what I do and truly feel grateful for the opportunity to be working in the rapidly growing fabric industry. I hope you enjoy your blog tour and have fun taking these block designs from this 100 Blocks Quilt book to create something extraordinary.




Thanks for visiting my website. Have a wonderful day!!!






59 comments:

Madame Samm said...

There is something to be said about coming together for 20 years and the memories that has created... Your "That Alpine Quilt Group! with your sewing machine block would certainly reflect that wouldn't it? I hear you- this is a block that could be stitched in sew many things...Congrats for being chosen, what a most deserving honor.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on your booth win at market, I love the sewing machine block and the quilt you put so much work into to express your memories. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Laurie in Maine said...

The dark background makes "Sample" blocks pop. Very nice!

Peach Rainbow said...

Congratulations!
your block is so CUTE!

Becky said...

Loved reading about Riley Blake designs! It's always interesting to hear some of the "behind the scenes" info. about the fabric industry. Love how you used modern fabrics for your sewing machine. Thanks for sharing with us!

Kim West said...

cute block!!!

Marianne said...

How nice to win the merchandising award for your booth. Congratulations!

Stacey said...

super cute, love your blog, thanks

suz said...

This block is great! Congrats on winning the merchandising award in Houston. RB fabric is wonderful.

Mary said...

Love the sewing machine block. The Alpine Quilt Group sounds like a lot of fun.

Texana said...

Well, it's easy to see why you won the award!!! Congratulations! that block is hust SO DARN CUTE! I LOVE IT!

Carrie P. said...

The block and the quilt are fabulous. Congrats on the award. How exciting.

Bev C said...

Hello Jina,

Thanks for sharing about the story of your 20 year quilt. Love your block. Congratulations on being in such a great magazine.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Connie said...

Great block, congrats!

Marianne said...

Thanks for taking part in this event. I love your block and look forward to using it in an upcoming project.

Sewbig said...

Cute block!

S said...

Your block is really cool. I love the fabrics too.

SewLindaAnn said...

Great job with the booth win at market, congratulations!. I love your block and I think everyone that sews will want to make one.

Patty said...

Congratulations on your win at market. The sewing machine block is so cute.

WoolenSails said...

Love your block and how you used different fabrics with it, great idea for gift giving. Congratulations on winning the award at Market!

Debbie

marilyn said...

Isn't having a job you love just the best? I'm a teacher and Love what I do!

Pat S. said...

What a cute sewing machine block! Congratulations on your HQM award and for being published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine!!

Angela D. said...

Congratulations on getting a block in the magazine.

Nancy Sue said...

Congrats on your block featured in the 100 Blocks issue!!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

kwiltnkats said...

Nice booth at Houston and good luck with your business. Cute sewing machine block!

Marcia said...

Congratulations on your HQM award and QM 100 Blocks selection. The sewing machine block is cute. I'm posting here because there was no Friday post (you are listed on the Friday tour list). Thanks for a nice first visit to your blog. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Donna Joy said...

It's great to read all about how you have been in a group for 20 years. Your block is darling, it's like my first sewing machine, and that has a special place in my heart.

sewcrafty said...

Love your sewing machine block, its sew cute! Congrats on making it into the book.

Thankful~Threads said...

It all comes down to that wonderful invention, the sewing machine! Where would the quilting world be without it? I love your precious block. I'll just have to make one. This is one glorious website and I'm your newest follower!

Julie in WA said...

What an amazing block...looks like lots of details? It fits right in in a sampler quilt showcasing quilting! I think every quilter needs this block in a wall hanging next to the sewing machine!

BeachQuilter said...

Congratulations! That is a charming block, it does bring back memories of my early sewing machine!

Katie said...

Love the block, and the story behind it!

Cecilia said...

Congratulations on the block and the award at Market. I love your block. I will definitely have to make one and display it in my sewing room.

gill said...

This blog tour is such a great opportunity to visit new blogs
Thank you
Gill

Kay said...

Your sewing machine block is so cute & I can see it used in a lot of different projects.

Carol in E TN said...

I "sew" love that block!!!

corinne said...

love the pictures of your booth. I see way it won.

Shari B. said...

Congrats to the amazing block to an amazing quilt designer!

Duff said...

Thanks for sharing your talents! I clicked over to find your Twas the Night Before Christmas pattern--I have to figure out how I can get my mitts on that beauty! No one in Illinois carries it so I guess I'll be cyber shopping!!

RenegadeQuilter said...

Love your block!!! I am thinking pillows for all of my quilting friends.

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your win. That little sewing machine would make a nice wallhanging to present as a gift for someone's sewing room wall. Great design!

Barb said...

I really like your sewing machine block! I think it would make a cute applique for a sewing machine cover.

scottylover said...

Love the block! Congrats on being part of such a wonderful magazine. I love your booth pictures from Market, too!

Thanks for sharing!
Sandy A

Kathy H said...

i love your sewing machine block.

Deb said...

Congratulations on your block being in the book! It's unique.

Kim said...

Your block is adorable!

Ariane said...

Wow!! I love, love, love this block. It is a must make block. I'm going to have to make a little quilt with it to hang in my sewing room. I love it!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs Ariane

quiltmom said...

This is a lovely block - It is totally charming and would look great in any quilt made for a quilter.
Congratulations on being chosen for the magazine and for your very successful booth at the Quilt Market.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

Amy said...

Cute sewing machine block! Might be a cute addition to my sewing room wall.

MoeWest said...

Congrats on having your block chosen. This is definitely a block I will make.

Lina said...

Wonderful block! I've been wanting to make a wallhanging for my sewing area, and this little sewing machine will fit perfectly on it.

Cat said...

Loved the sewing machine block, need to add this to my list of things to do.

Cat

Di said...

Wow, crazy time of year from Market/Festival to kick off of 100 Blocks V2 plus all your other projects; you must be quilters! lol I'm off to visit Butterfly Kisses as I'm looking for granddaughter clothing patterms.

Debbie said...

Sewing machine block is so cute!

RaLene said...

What an adorable block. Thank you even more for your 20 years of quilting story. We can tell such rich personal histories from our quilting experience.

SheilaC said...

Thank you for a great block and congrats on winning an award at market.

SheilaC

Teaquilts said...

Congratulations on being included in QM's 100 blocks magazine. I love your sewing machine block.

StitchinByTheLake said...

That is one cute sewing machine block! I love, love, love Riley Blake fabrics...have some fat quarters now I'm dreaming with/about trying to decide how to use. I almost hate to cut them up. :) blessings, marlene

~The Bargain Babe said...

Love the sewing machine block, wow!

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